African Renaissance

New Forms, Old Images in Yoruba Art

by Moyo Okediji

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“[O]f immense academic interest to Africanist scholars in art history, anthropology and Black/Africana Studies. [It] is well organized, the writing is lucid. . . . It is a very compelling piece of work.”
—Rowland O. Abiodun, John C. Newton Professor of Fine Arts & Black Studies, Amherst College

“Okediji has a gift for writing—his language is colorful, evocative, and compelling. [His] argument is an original and compelling one supported with rich visual, historical, and cultural data and convincingly argued. It has wide implications for all future writing on the contemporary arts being created by global post-colonial diasporas, whether African or not.”
—Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin–Madison

African Renaissance: New Forms, Old Images in Yoruba Art describes, analyzes, and interprets the historical and cultural contexts of an African art renaissance using the twentieth- and twenty-first-century transformation of ancient Yoruba artistic heritage. Juxtaposing ancient and contemporary Yoruba art, Moyo Okediji defines this art history through the lens of colonialism, an experience that served to both destroy ancient art traditions and revive Yoruba art in the twentieth century.
With vivid reproductions of paintings, prints, and drawings, Okediji describes how Yoruba art has replenished and redefined itself. Okediji groups the text into several broadly overlapping periods that intricately detail the journey of Yoruba art and artists: first through oppression by European colonialism, then the attainment of Nigeria’s independence and the new nation’s subsequent military coup, and ending with present-day native Yoruban artists fleeing their homeland.

Moyo Okediji is professor of African visual cultures at the University of Texas, Austin. After receiving his PhD in African and African American art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he taught at several universities in the United States and was curator of African and Oceanic arts at the Denver Art Museum for a decade. His books include The Shattered Gourd: Yoruba Forms in Twentieth Century American Art, and Western Frontiers of African Art. He is also a studio artist and has exhibited in Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.

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  • Ebook Price: $19.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $10.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-161-9
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Pages: 204
  • Illustrations: 16 color, 83 b&w
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Moyo Okediji
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-161-9

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